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Christopher Stipp's Top 10 Trailers of 2017

Christopher Stipp's Top 10 Trailers of 2017
From Slashfilm - January 7, 2018

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times theyre seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, lets rank the best best trailers of 2017.

Here it is, the list none of you were waiting to read. After going through all the trailers we covered at /Film this year (roughly 85 pages worth) the list you see below is the result of what I think was the best that the year had to offer.

I dont often get to speak candidly about this, but I genuinely do love this art form. For almost 14 years Ive been writing on a weekly basis about movie trailers, and I hope that one of you out there has been inspired to at least check something out that you otherwise wouldnt have known about based on the trailer itself. This landscape is filled with such hard working artists and editors who put this together that its really been a gift to be able and talk about their work in a roundabout way. I am sure there are approvals and sign-offs that happen on every level before these make their public debut, but for the trailer editors out there who infuse a little of themselves into these things, Ill always be a fan.

Thanks to everyone/anyone out there (seriously, are you out there?) who check in to this column. I appreciate every one of your eyeballs. First, here are your runners-up for the Top 10 that I couldnt let be overlooked in 2017:

It Comes at Night Havent seen the film, havent had anything spoiled about what in the hell is happening here, but this trailer is clutch
Alien: Covenant Best thing about this movie was a promise this trailer made that wasnt kept by the finished film
Busters Mal Heart Atmospheric and paced so well
Gook While I havent seen whether the movie delivers, this trailer is evocative and packs an emotional punch
Hounds of Love This trailer excels at just unnerving you completely
Good TimeFrenetic without ever being unfocused, there is an energy to this trailer that truly excites

And now, without further ado, here are the rest

10. All These Sleepless Nights

I was surprised to learn this is a documentary/drama. It feels entirely like something you would have to plan and stage, but that doesnt take away from the energy that this trailer exudes. While I absolutely concede that our protagonist seems almost unlikable in how aloof he is presented on screen, to say nothing of the cadre of hangers-on that feel like theyve all been transported from a fashion show with their wonderfully angled features and frames, I was still left thinking about this trailer long after I saw it.

9. Brimstone & Glory

I love fireworks. No two ways about it. Whether its the shooting off of bottle rockets or lighting a long wick and sprinting to safety, Ive always had an unhealthy obsession for these things. This trailer, though, captures that attraction and tightly packs the unbridled glee that comes with blowing them off in close proximity to other people. The narrative is deliciously captured through the voice-overs were given, the music is perfectly chosen, and the editing of how we are transported from one moment to the next feels inspired. I have yet to see the entire documentary, but simply based on the trailer alone, its all but assured Ill devour it as soon as I can.

8.A Ghost Story

I am disappointed that the actual film A Ghost Story was not better than the trailer. Winner of this years P.T. Barnum prize for bait and switching, I disliked almost the entire experience of sitting through this cinematic dirge. Regardless of how dejected I felt after the last scene played out, the trailer here was a fantastic pitch for a movie that never coalesced into the reality I built up in my mind as to what I thought I was going to receive. This trailer is wonderful and beautiful and makes a genuine emotional connection with the viewer. I am unsure where it all went wrong for me in its actual translation, but I wanted the movie that I was promised here, and I feel bad for having missed the point entirely.

7. Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther

6. Baby Driver

5. IT

4. Columbus

3. The Florida Project

2.Blade Runner 2049

1.Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

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